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TIPS FROM TOP - Strategic Decisions: Dynamic talents in Work Places by Mrs. Kiran Bhatia Tandon, Ex- Talent Acquisition Head, Stryker


“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.” - Lawrence Bossidy, GE

Human resource is an asset on which companies wager immensely. To talk on this prevailing topic, DIME at IIT Kanpur hosted Ms. Kiran Bhatia Tandon, Ex-Head, Talent Acquisition, Stryker. In her career, spanning over a decade, she has had experiences across diverse industries from Automobile to E-Commerce giving her a bird’s eye perspective of the industry. As charismatic as you get, Ms. Kiran, started off with asking us on the topics we wanted her to discuss upon, keeping the interaction open and filled with candour.

While discussing the difference, she experienced in Automobile and Ecommerce, she shared an anecdote which implied that it is always important for an HR Manager to understand the mind-set of an employee with a substantially larger earning potential than their own. It is crucial to understand blue collar people in manufacturing industry wherein machinery play as significant a role in comparison to employee, unlike people centric service sectors, where behaviour can be a lot less mechanistic. In the E-Commerce sector, as she explained, adaptability has always been the key. The change this sector experiences makes it essential to the human resource to alter their approach as quickly as possible to match with the industry.

The students of MBA IIT Kanpur insisted that Ms. Tandon enlighten us ‘on the subject of what an IIT does not teach us’, and she explained how academia proposes a technical approach to every muddle, where problems are broken down to smaller bits and dealt with, whereas real life adds constraints that cannot be solved with complete impersonality. Ms. Tandon asserted that is important to live the change.  If people do not adapt, they scarcely will be able to survive in the waves of newer industrial revolutions.  Mechanistic solutions often forego the art of understanding people centric system and decision making fairly, almost altruistic in nature overlooks systemic effects which are more diverse and unpredictable.

Ms. Kiran also walked us through the changes in the recruitment, culture assimilation and her very own derived word Recruption, which means disruption in recruitment. Ms. Kiran shared her thoughts on why most of the start-ups falter, with the fast-moving life failing to understand continuity as an art and parcel of creating a culture and a fit to that culture. She placed further emphasis on how people can drive themselves with the idea they have to get the success.

With the experience Ms. Kiran has and the topics she discussed upon, this talk gave us the overall different vista of the industry and which will definitely help us in future.


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